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Savvy Stews visit the Cooking School

We were delighted to host the Savvy Stews at The New Orleans School of Cooking! Below is their video blog and article about their New Orleans experience.


The New Orleans School of Cooking

After our heavenly breakfast we headed off to New Orleans School of Cooking where we had a private cooking lesson from Michael W. Devidts. Devidts is a homegrown chef taught by his mother with a Cajun-Creole background. He has cooked with some of the greats like Julia Child and Florence Lin. He also has a Masters’ degree in History from Tulane and is a licensed tour guide. We discovered he also has the patience of a saint when it comes to coaching newbie cooks.

Since 1980, the New Orleans School of Cooking has introduced countless visitors from around the world to the wonderful food and rich culture of Louisiana and New Orleans. Classes are held seven days a week in their beautifully renovated 1830’s molasses warehouse, located at 524 St. Louis Street, between Chartres and Decatur in the French Quarter. In addition to Devidts, cooking classes are taught by well-known local chefs Kevin Belton, Anne Leonhard and Tom Nagelin. Visitors will be treated to a wide range of local classics such as Jambalaya, Gumbo, Corn Crab Bisque and Pralines. They also accommodate private group classes, participation classes and special events.

During our lessons we prepared barbecued shrimp and crawfish étouffée. We don’t want to brag (OK, yes we DO!), but Chef Devidts pronounced our étouffée the best ever made in his class!

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